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milew66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 19, 2012 10:58 PM

Okay, just bought my first mac, an IMAC 27 inch.. Using safari, I am irriated that I have to click at the top of the screen every time I want to see the file, edit, view, etc bar (the menu bar). Is there a way to lock it so it doesn't disappear? I find it hard to believe there is no way to do that. Also, the dock at the bottom doesn't pop up as fast as I thought it would when I put the mouse at the bottom of the screen, like when you hide the menu bar in win7 as soon as your mouse goes in that area, it shows up. Now, I am not using a mouse pad, so I HOPE that is why, but I feel like it takes at least 4-5 seconds when I go to the bottom to see my dock for it to pop up. I am excited to have a mac, but these little things are really turning me off already. Please tell me there is a way to fix these things

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
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    May 19, 2012 11:45 PM (in response to milew66)

    Hi and welcome to Apple Support Communities and congrats on your new iMac

     

     

    Press Command + Control + F to exit or enter full screen mode.

     

    Since you are new to Mac, you may want to disable the Lion "resume" feature.

     

    Open System Preferences > General

     

    Deselect:  Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps

     

    That will help your Mac boot faster.

     

    You might want to take a moment and check out the video tutorials here > Apple - Find Out How - Mac Basics

     

     

    And here >  Apple product tutorials

     

    If you are switching from Windows >  Apple - Support - Switch 101

     

    For assistance with most applications click Help from the app's menu bar top of your screen.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
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    May 20, 2012 12:03 AM (in response to milew66)

    No, it was not an automated response.

     

    I want to know how to NOT make the menu bar disappear period,

    As I said before, use the keyboard shortcuts..

     

    I offered the tip about disabling the Lion resume feature as it tends to cause problems with Safari. I was merely trying to save you that inconvenience.

     

     

    You may want to take a moment to read here >  Apple Support Communities - Etiquette

  • Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)
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    May 20, 2012 1:46 AM (in response to milew66)

    We are all users like you, volunteering to help each other.  You owe Carolyn an apology.

  • Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)
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    May 20, 2012 1:55 AM (in response to milew66)

    Addendum:  You owe her an apology not just because she's volunteering and sharing her vast knowledge for free, but also because she did answer your question right after her welcoming opening passage.

     

    Press Command + Control + F to exit or enter full screen mode.

     

    Shame on you for not reading carefully. 

    PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.5G5Quad,16GB,7800GTX 512MB, Tiger
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
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    May 20, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to Ramón G Castañeda)

    Thank you 

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    May 20, 2012 9:32 AM (in response to milew66)

    Yes.  It is the norm to be able to see the menu bar at all times.

     

    Somewhere along the line, you pressed these buttons at the same time, and it toggled Full Screen on:

     

    Apple/Command, Control, and the letter F

     

    If you do it again, it will toggle it to Normal View.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    May 20, 2012 10:38 AM (in response to milew66)

    Good.

  • dabaron2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 30, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to milew66)

    Well, I think milew had a fair question. Like him, I'm working on an new iMac.

     

    Unlike him, I've been mac based since MacPlus, and I would like to see this question answered, not how to go into smaller, full mode.

     

    As a reminder, the menu bar has the apple, the menu selections, and importantly to me dropbox, capture, date time and a few other items I watch regularly.

     

    I would like to think that we are still able to see all included, in full mode, expanded to the 27" monitor

     

    Is that possible??

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